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India's home-made Tejas to replace MiG-21 fighter jets

English.news.cn   2013-12-12 21:54:32            

NEW DELHI, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Indian Air Force on Thursday said that the country's home-made Tejas fighter jet would replace the Russian-made MiG-21 combat aircraft.

"One major phase has passed over and now we look toward the new induction into the force. The light combat aircraft will replace the MiG-21. We will get 40 aircraft and that will be the Mark-I type. Tejas will be battle ready by the end of 2014," Indian Air Force head Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne told the media at the Eastern Air Command headquarters in the northeastern state of Meghalaya's capital Shillong.

He said "Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony will officially hand over initiation of acceptance of the Tejas into the force at its birthplace in Bengaluru on December 20."

The MiG-21 FL was phased out Wednesday after 50 years in service.

"It's been a memorable moment for the Air Force and also a watershed moment as the aircraft which trained all the fighter pilots including myself and generations of pilots," Browne added.

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Indian Air Force MiG-21 combat aircraft crashes

NEW DELHI, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- A MiG-21 combat aircraft of Indian Air Force Friday crashed in the western state of Rajasthan, but the pilot managed to eject safely, a senior Defense Ministry official said.

"The plane was on a routine sortie and the incident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. when the pilot was preparing for landing near Uttarlai airport in the state's Barmer district. The pilot ejected safely," Defense Ministry official S.D. Goswami told the media in the national capital.  Full story

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